GMWEA initiated Water Quality Day in 2014 to remind Vermonters of the crucial role that drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management plays in their way of life -- and to honor the boots-on-the-ground professionals who make the miracle happen 24/7/365. It has been proclaimed as a day of observance every year since then by Vermont's governors.
Ordinarily, GMWEA coordinates public tours at facilities throughout the state, and encourages students, legislators, and the general public to take a first-hand look at our most important infrastructure. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, facilities will not be open to the public in 2020.
The pandemic has made us more aware than ever of the role of clean water. The devotion and discipline of our water quality professionals is being demonstrated every day: In some Vermont towns, water and wastewater workers have sheltered in place at their facilities to assure uninterrupted services to homes, hospitals, and public institutions. On May 21, we urge Vermonters to take a moment to appreciate the commitment of these public servants and the vast, complex infrastructure they operate on our behalf!
State of Vermont
WHEREAS, Vermont is abundantly blessed with wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes, including Lake Champlain, a world-renowned, international freshwater resource of great beauty and ecological significance; and
WHEREAS, Vermont’s clean surface waters provide residents and visitors alike with healthful drinking water and recreation in the form of swimming, boating, fishing, and sight-seeing; and
WHEREAS, clean water is critical for the health of wildlife and the ecological systems of the Green Mountain State; and
WHEREAS, the stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water systems and facilities in communities throughout Vermont are the first, most critical barriers against water pollution and the most essential protectors of the public health; and
WHEREAS, the staff who operate stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water systems, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year are public servants dedicated to protecting public health and the natural environment, and thus deserve the acknowledgement and appreciation of all Vermont citizens; and
WHEREAS, stormwater, wastewater, and drinking water treatment facilities throughout the state will host open houses and offer tours on May 30, 2019, so that Vermonters can learn about this vital, but hidden, infrastructure:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Philip B. Scott, Governor, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 30, 2019, as
WATER QUALITY DAY
Water Quality Day 2019 -- The Biggest Ever!
On May 30, 2019, Vermonters visited a record number of participating facilities on Water Quality Day! Nineteen sites hosted tours and open houses throughout the state. Hundreds of people took advantage of the opportunity to see first-hand our amazing water quality infrastructure, and to meet the professionals who keep our water safe 24/7/365. Thanks are due to all the staff at the participating facilities, for taking the time to welcome area residents -- and for the great work they do all year 'round.
Below: Wilmington's Wastewater Treatment Facility celebrates WQD 2019.
It's official! Governor Peter Shumlin proclaimed the first Water Quality Day as an annual day of acknowledgment in 2014; Governor Phil Scott continued the tradition.
May 21, 2020 is Water Quality Day!
Water Quality Day
89 Main St., Suite 4, Montpelier, VT 05602